Archive for June 11th, 2012

June 11, 2012

Jeanne Harris Mini-Melt-Down (Video added)

by lewwaters

We just have to love Vancouver City Council member Jeanne Harris, of ‘Gavel Down’ fame. She nearly had another ‘Gavel Down” towards the end of this evening’s council meeting as Mayor Tim Leavitt announced he was not going to support the sales tax resolution to be sent to the C-Tran Board.

Upon hearing that, Ms. Harris looked to her right at the mayor and said in a completely astonished voice, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”

She went on to berate the mayor to the point that he finally seemed to develop a pair and tell her she was out of line.

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June 11, 2012

Here Come The Fireworks Grabbers

by lewwaters

Here we go again, the regular hype associated with Independence Day from those who hate seeing people enjoy themselves with fireworks. To be sure, fireworks are loud and can be dangerous, if improperly handled and we have seen no shortage of pinheads over the years acting irresponsibly.

Fortunately, the pinheads have been decreasing as noted in past Columbian articles Fireworks posed fewer problems for officials in 2010 and Fourth of July fallout fairly minimal in 2011.

But that isn’t good enough as there are those who want a total and complete ban on any sort of fireworks, even the so-called “Safe and Sane” fireworks which, let’s face it, are boring as all hell and not enjoyable.

I find it quite odd that there are those who stand strongly on personal freedoms and the second amendment rights of all Americans, yet they join in the call to ban those same people from enjoying their long held freedom to celebrate our 4th of July Independence Day with fireworks, if they so choose.

How they go from “my cold, dead hands” when it comes to their gun ownership to telling others they must not celebrate our Independence Day as it was intended is beyond me.

John Adams, who was to become our second President of the newly formed Republic, wrote to his wife on July 3, 1776, “The Second Day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. . . . It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations (fireworks) from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

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June 11, 2012

BPA Strives To Negate the “True Foundation of Republican Government”

by lewwaters

The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen in his person and property and in their management.”
–Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816.

Once was the time we had a small government and the right to our property. To be sure, there were land squabbles and disputed boundaries that resulted in fights between property owners. Then the Rail Road expansion westward became well known for land grabs for right of way with the blessing of the government.

While the policy of Eminent Domain has been with us since the founding of our country, limitations were placed upon it by our Third and Fifth Amendments that prohibited the housing of Soldiers neither in peacetime without the consent of the property owner nor in wartime except in a manner prescribed by law. The Fifth Amendment ends with “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Land owners who disagreed with the amount of that “just compensation” have frequently seen their property condemned by the state and taken with much less compensation received.

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